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Chamber and Tourism Update

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CLINTON COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU Christmas in the Barns is a craft lovers extravaganza featuring craft vendors situated inside and outside of the livestock barns at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Mackeyville. This year’s event is set for October 16 and 17.

When it comes to Fall in Clinton County, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words, so I’ll try to be shorter on words and longer on photos.

All you have to do is look at the calendar of events on the Clinton County Economic Partnership website, www.ClintonCountyInfo.com, to see that Fall is the busiest time of year.

A shortage of volunteers as well as COVID concerns has prompted some groups to cancel events, including this weekend’s Farm-City Festival and Color Run at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

The Clinton County Master Gardeners will, however, hold their Fall Plant Sale and Garden Sense Workshops Saturday (Sept. 18) at the Fairgrounds, and the Colorado Rangers Horse Association hosts a national horse show this Saturday and Sunday, also at the Fair-grounds – two great events to check out.

With many upcoming activities held outdoors, we hope they’ll be able to happen this year despite the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CLINTON COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU Some 500 runners will test their mettle during this Saturday’s Boulder Beast Trail Challenge on Bald Eagle Mountain. The race is the grandaddy of trail challenges locally!

A sampling of some key happenings include:

¯ Ross Library Book Sale – Sept. 15-18 at the Library’s outdoor patio. A huge selection of books, audio and video, at bargain prices.

¯ Millbrook Playhouse extends the 2021 season into the Fall, with the play ‘Popcorn Falls’ running through this Saturday (go if you can — it’s a funny show), two other plays planned in October, another in November and a final show in December.

¯ The Clinton County Speedway at the Fairgrounds continues to attract people from near and far. They’ll wave the green flag this Friday, Sept. 17, then there will be two Saturday races October 2 and 9 to wrap up the 2021 season.

¯ The Truckers 4 Hope big rig gathering takes over the Fairgrounds the last weekend of September, raising funds in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CLINTON COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU A new event this year is a whopping 10-acre corn maze at Pine Creek Seed Farm near Avis that will be open for exploration Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout October.

October is filled with events. Some of the big ones include:

¯ Spook Haven – a pretty spooky haunted attraction – in Mill Hall, Fridays and Saturdays throughout October.

¯ The SPCA’s annual Pet Extravaganza October 2 at Riverview Park, Woodward Township, a fun event for two- and four-legged creatures.

¯ ‘Brews in the Barn’ beer tasting and chili cook-off – one of Millbrook Playhouse’s favorite fundraisers, October 2 at the Playhouse.

¯ The Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival, now in year 72, lights up Renovo the weekend of October 8-10.

¯ Lock Haven University Homecoming, October 21-24, is always a great time to welcome back alum to the college and the community.

¯ The Durty Dabbers Motorcycle Club hosts vintage and modern bikes for a mototrials event October 23 and 24 in McElhattan.

¯ The Hooskow Chainsaw Carvers’ gathering always makes for an exciting Halloween weekend. This year’s event is planned for October 28-30 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

In case you are wondering, a few other events that have been canceled include this Sunday’s planned Sentimental Journey Pancake and Sausage Breakfast down at the Piper Airport; the Clinton County Arts Council’s annual Harvest Days festival on Sept. 26 at The Station Gallery; the Oct. 16 Susque-View 5K Run for Residents; and the October 23 Wicket Wine Festival. For each group, we know these are really difficult, but realistic decisions.

In mid-October, we will welcome the Keystone Trails Association for their Fall Hike Weekend. Using Lock Haven as home base, KTA members will head out to hikes on various trails in and around Clinton County.

Fall is also the perfect time to take a scenic drive, and the Clinton County Visitors Bureau has five suggested scenic driving tours that you can find on the Visitors Bureau page of the Partnership website, www.ClintonCountyInfo.com.

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